Anna Lipscomb

Anna Lipscomb is a senior studying International Relations and East Asian Languages and Cultures.  Her interests include US-China relations, identity and nationalism, globalization, and Asian Pacific security.  This past summer, she participated in the Department of State’s U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program (USFSIP), where she worked in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs – Office of Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.  In addition to SCIR, she is also the managing editor at US-China Today and an undergraduate fellow at the USC Korean Studies Institute.



Abhiram Reddy 

Abhiram Reddy is a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations with minors in Economics and East Asian Area Studies. In addition to SCIR, he is a research assistant at the Lab on Non-Democratic Politics, a member of Trojan Advocates for Political Progress, and Secretary-General of Trojan Model United Nations 2018. Abhiram is also an active member of MUNSC, USC’s nationally ranked MUN travel team. His research interests include the intersections between regional security and trade in East and Southeast Asia.



Nicholas Tinoco 

Nicholas Tinoco is a senior majoring in International Relations, where his research interests include economic development, Latin America, and security studies. Nicholas has served as a volunteer teacher for USC’s International Relations high school outreach program, Teaching International Relations Program, and has worked for The Daily Trojan newspaper as a layout designer.



Connor Chapkis

Connor Chapkis is a senior studying International Relations and the Global Economy.  His interests include energy geopolitics, global trade dynamics, environmental politics, and autocratic governments.  Connor is a research assistant for the Lab on Non-Democratic Politics, a DJ for KXSCC, USC’s student-run radio station, and a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, USC’s professional foreign service fraternity.  He spent the spring semester interning at the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program in DC, and the summer interning at Powerhouse, a co-working space and venture fund for clean energy startups in Oakland.



Lisa de Ràfols 

Lisa de Ràfols is a junior double majoring in Economics and International Relations.  She is interested in the intersection between economic development, human migration, and autocratic governments.  Lisa works as a research assistant for the Lab on Non-Democratic Politics, serves as the Vice President of the professional foreign service fraternity Delta Phi Epsilon, and is a Trip Leader for Peaks and Professors.  She spent the summer working at a family support center for refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos.



Loleï Brenot

Loleï Brenot is a sophomore double majoring in International Relations and French, with a minor in Applied Computer Security. Her interests include counter-terrorism and security studies, nuclear arms, and surveillance. In the past, she has interned under the Department of Defense’s Combatting Terrorism Fellowship Program. Next summer, she will be interning for Congressman Jimmy Panetta on Capitol Hill. On campus, she is a research assistant for the Security and Political Economy Lab, researching the implementation of truth commission recommendations. She is also a tour guide, a member of Tri Delta sorority, and a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, USC’s professional foreign service fraternity.




Breana Stanski

Breana Stanski is a freshman studying International Relations and Spanish. Her interests include the causes and effects of refugee crises, globalization, climate change, and the intersection between creative writing and migration patterns. In addition to SCIR, Breana is a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, USC’s professional foreign service fraternity, as well as a writer for SPEC Magazine, USC’s style and culture publication.



Sagar Tiwari

Sagar Tiwari is a freshman majoring Computer Science and Business Administration, with prospective minors in Theater or Political Science. His research interests include proxy warfare in the Middle East and the rise of nationalist regimes in the European Union. In addition to SCIR, Sagar is an active member of USC’s Model UN team, Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, and 180 Degrees Consulting.




Alina Mehdi

Alina Mehdi is a freshman majoring in Political Science. Her interests include immigration law and the role of the US in Middle Eastern instability. Eventually, she hopes to pursue a minor in Mathematics or Economics as well. In addition to SCIR, she is currently a tutor through the Joint Educational Project and is an active member of USC’s Muslim Student Union.